SCF Venice Library Hosts Author Rich McKee Nov. 19

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 10, 2014) Rich McKee, assistant professor of language and literature at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), will read from his latest work, “The Trickster,” at 1-2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the SCF Venice Library, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 300.

As the second novel in his irreverently humorous trilogy of Florida tales, “The Trickster,” continues the tale of two fated lovers, Sean and Jane, as they coalesce, and sometimes contend, with the wild and strange elements that define and defile southwest Florida today. In the quick-hitting, oddly gothic story full of dark comedy and magic realism, Sean and Jane deal with sharks, eco-warriors, a murderous poacher, Calusa Indian history, huge swamp monsters and a Category 5 hurricane.

“McKee’s ‘Trickster’ is definitely not from concentrate,” said best-selling Florida author Tim Dorsey. “It captures every drop of the punishing yet beautiful peninsula that is Florida, and it rolls off the page with a lyrical rhythm that could only come from someone with a knowledge of the state’s wild essence in his marrow.”

McKee, a Venice resident, received the Distinguished Colleague Award from the Florida College English Association in 2010. He also has received awards from the Florida Freelance Writers Association and South Florida chapter of the National Writers Club for his satire and creative non-fiction works.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be on the second floor of the Library. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the SCF Venice Library at 941-408-1435. Library hours are 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Maps and directions are online at

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